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September 2016

Well, I don't know about you but it seems like another summer has flown by EXTREMELY fast!  We have "sweated it out" over these past summer weeks since Christ UMC and Simpson UMC do not have air conditioning. So in some ways it is good that we will soon be moving into the fall season where the cooler weather will prevail.  So see you later summer until next year, Lord willing!  We say hello to September and look forward with great anticipation our return to ministries that have taken a break over the summer. 

I recently bought at a very deep, deep discounted price an electronic device called a TrackR Bravo.  The TrackR Bravo is a round device a little bigger and thicker than a quarter.  It is designed to help you find misplaced or lost items that are attached or connected to the TrackR Bravo.  For example, if you put it on your key chain you can locate misplaced or lost keys with an app that has been put on your phone.  You can find a misplaced or lost phone for the most part by pressing a little button on the TrackR Bravo on your key chain.  Once you press the button, your phone will ring and therefore the idea is that you will hear it ringing and consequently your phone will be found.

Overall, it works okay and I don't want to give it a bad report since I only really know how to work it a little bit.  However, there are a few downsides that I have found.  One is that the battery in the TrackR Bravo could die and since there is no power, you can't find your phone.  Another downside is that you can't find your phone or keys if they are misplaced, lost or stolen together (unless there is a way to track it on a computer and I haven't investigated that yet). Well, you know, God is like a TrackR Bravo but only much better and without the downsides.  He knows exactly where we are in life physically, mentally and spiritually.  He locates the lost and extends his love to the lost by "wooing" them as John Wesley so aptly put it, to come to Him.  He also uses all of us, as Christians, to help reach out to the lost and hurting.

We can reach out to the lost by sharing our testimonies and our faith by telling them about Jesus, as well as, doing the best we can to lend a helping hand.  Jesus is the best TrackR Bravo of all but He also needs us to be His hands and feet in this world.  Romans 10:14-17 from the Message bible reads like this, "But how can people call for help, if they don't know who to trust?  And how can they know who to trust, if they haven't heard of the One who can be trusted?  And how can they hear, if nobody tells them? And how is anyone going to tell them, unless someone is sent to do it?"

We have been called and sent for such a time as this.  As we move forward together let us remember our mandate in every aspect of everything we do here at the church and in our lives.  Our mandate is from Matthew 28:18-20, which says this, "Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  So let's do our very best to go, make, help mature and baptize disciples for Jesus Christ!  We are sent into the world filled with the fire of God! 

Be Encouraged in Jesus!!

Pastor Darlene Robinson

November 2014

I know that I keep saying that this year is flying by and I will say it again! It is already November!! I am still waiting to enjoy my summer. LOL!!! Oh well…..anyway, this is truly a time to give thanks. Thanks to God for allowing many of us to see this time of the year once again. We have so much to be thankful for even if we haven’t had the best year so far. This is a time to count our blessings. We have had a very full year of ministry, activity and great blessings from the Lord. We look forward to more of what God has in store for us during the remainder of this year and well into the future. So Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Please enjoy this poem:

Lord, We Are Grateful
Lord, we are grateful for all You've given;
shelter and clothing, good food and health. All these are gifts we rarely do treasure.
We are most wealthy, thanks to Yourself.

Lord, we are grateful for those who love us;
those we call family, those who are friends. Loved, we can face the pressures life sends us. Through those we cherish, Your love descends.
Lord, we are grateful for Your creation;
trees in fall splendor, dark stormy skies. Nature reminds us of Your strong power.
Majestic beauty dazzles ours eyes.

Lord, we are grateful for Your rich mercy,
fresh as the morning, new every day. Sin is forgiven. Guilt has been buried.
Gone is the debt we never could pay.
 

Lord, we are grateful that we can worship,
often and freely here in this place. Harvest our praises, hear our thanksgiving
as we reflect on Your awesome grace. Copyright 2003 by Rev. Greg Asimakoupoulos

Have a blessed and great November in the Lord!!!

Be Encouraged In Jesus!!

September 2013

Dear Christ Family,

Summer is almost over and it is time to get back to our fall activities. We have been busy meeting and planning and planning and meeting. Special thanks to all of you who have so diligently given of your time and service. I look forward, with great anticipation, to our future together as pastor and congregation. I have found that so many of you are extremely gifted and talented in so many areas.

First of all let me say that I know that CHANGE IS DIFFICULT FOR MOST!!!! We have all been in a season of change and will continue to be for some time. However, we must remember that God is with us, even (and especially) in the midst of change and transformation. We must believe and trust God together.

Many of you already know that we have changed our Sunday morning time schedule. This decision had to be made because I also serve as pastor at Simpson UMC located at 8519 Clark Avenue, also in Cleveland. Christ and Simpson are considered to be a part of a two-point charge within our United Methodist system. Each church worships on Sunday morning and has separate committee meetings.

Everything has basically been pushed back one hour for Christ. The task was given to and the decision was made by the combined Staff Parish committees of Christ and Simpson UMCs. Both churches were accustomed to meeting for Sunday morning worship at either 10:30 am or 10:45 am. The committee needed to come to a compromise about how to set times that would be somewhat accommodating and acceptable (not perfect) for the most part for both. I want you to know that this decision was not made lightly or in a matter of minutes.

There was a process involved that included many, many ideas, suggestions and configurations. One suggestion was to have Simpson meet in the afternoon just like First Hispanic UMC did when Rev. Nazario was here. Simpson cannot do that because they have another church that rents their building during that time and that church cannot meet in the mornings. There were separate meetings, emails, more emails and eventually another combined meeting with Simpson UMC to come to the decision that was made. It was a very stressful, frustrating and at times painful process. The new times were chosen in order for our church to still be able to do all the wonderful things on Sunday morning that you have been doing over the past years as well as still be able to have the pastor present after worship. Some configurations included cutting the lengths of some of your Sunday morning activities and rescheduling all meetings to weekday evening hours. That was unacceptable for some on the committee.

Therefore, each church had to come to a compromise and sacrifice their usual Sunday morning schedule. Simpson UMC now will worship at 10:00 am and Christ will now begin worship at 11:30 am. Once again, know that each church is making a sacrifice. Please also know that the Staff Parish committees have worked extremely hard over the summer on this problem. I want to personally thank them for their dedication in serving the church on this, at times, very stressful committee. We will trust that God is moving by His Spirit and the best is yet to come!!!

Be Encouraged and Hopeful for the future with Jesus!!!

Pastor Darlene Robinson